Gannet, Muriwai, Auckland
Gannet sea bird at Muriwai Beach Colony. It is on west coast of Auckland at the south end of 50Km of continuous sand beach. It has black sand carried up from Mt Egmont in Taranaki. Every year around this time young gannets are hatched, when they can fly they travel to Australia and then come back and don't go there again. Can live to around 30 years & have 2 metre wing spans.